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Botswana relaxes ban of South African poultry products

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Botswana’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security said Wednesday the ban importation of live poultry and their fresh products from South Africa is still in force except from registered Aviation fluenza free compartments in that country.

In a statement signed by the Director of Veterinary Service, Dr Letlhogile Modisa, the Ministry says the ban excludes cooked poultry meat.

 The ban on in-transit movement of fresh poultry products, originating from other countries and transiting through South Africa in sealed containers is also lifted. “The ban on importation of poultry feed and poultry litter, direct from manufactures is lifted,” reads the statement. In June this year Botswana banned, with immediate effect, the importation of poultry meat, processed products and feeds from South Africa following the discovery of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (Bird Flu) in a broiler breeder site in that country.    

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